Beto May Be Out of the Race, but Marianne Williamson Isn't Going Anywhere

Democratic presidential candidate Marianne Williamson. Photo Credit: Cheddar
November 4, 2019

Despite Real Clear Politics stating the average poll puts Democratic candidate Marianne Williamson at 0.4 percent, "the poll that matters is the election," she told Cheddar in an interview Monday.

"The only thing that should be narrowing the field is the voters — that's what elections are for," Williamson added. Until then, she's focusing on "radical truth-telling," which she said leads to standing ovations when she speaks.

Williamson's 2020 platform includes what she calls economic justice, universal healthcare, and a $500 billion reparations plan for American descendants of slavery. Though many candidates have spoken out in support of reparations or studying reparations, Williamson is the only candidate to present a specific plan.

"You can't have the future you want unless you're willing to clean up the past," she said.

Cleaning up the past includes ending a chapter of "toxicity in race relations," according to the self-help author.

"The one big piece we haven't taken on, we haven't achieved, is closing the economic gap that obviously was there at the end of the Civil War and has never been closed," she said.

Williamson isn't the only one to push the case for reparations. Prominent black writers, activists, and politicians testified at a House panel hearing on slavery reparations in June 2019, the first time the topic of reparations made it to the floor in a decade. Some credit writer Ta-Nehisi Coates's story on the subject for revitalizing the debate.

In addition to her reparations plan, Williamson told Cheddar she supports the impeachment inquiry, but "it's important to remember we have to walk and chew gum at the same time." In other words, she says she sees a lot of other issues the country should focus on while the inquiry continues.

"Just removing [President Trump] from office isn't going to solve America's problems. He didn't create all of our problems, but all of our problems created the Donald Trump problem," she said.